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Restaurant Review: Jade Garden

Fried rice! Fried rice! Chinese fried rice! Yes. I was really craving for this particular kind of food that I didn’t think I’d be able to sleep that night if I didn’t get it. Ha! The craving monster in me was really strong!

I was already in Makati when I realized I was actually craving for Din Tai Fung’s fried rice. Hayayay. But since it was late in the evening and Megamall is far from Makati considering the traffic on a Friday, I didn’t have a choice. I had to look for an alternative. So, my boyfriend and I ended up trying Jade Garden in Glorietta knowing that they serve Cantonese food. Yay for fried rice! I was drooling already!

Jade Garden is located at the 2nd floor of Glorietta 2 just beside Luk Yuen and right before the entrance to Landmark. From this sign, it is a looong walk to get to the main hall.

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To this! The place is huge with a classy ambiance. Very nice! Right? Okay okay. Let’s get to the food part…

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My usual way to start a Chinese meal is with soup. Not just any soup, but Hot & Sour Soup (P400/small).  It has always been my favorite when dining in Chinese restaurants. So, I always have high expectations of it.

Gladly, their soup did not disappoint. It was served hot, filled with generous amount of tofu, bamboo shoots and shitake mushrooms. Plus, the level of its hotness and sourness was just right. So good!

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Steamed Supreme Soup & Pork Dumplings (P200/5pcs). A Chinese meal wouldn’t be complete without ordering any dim sum. Siomai (pork dumpling) and Xiao Long Bao (soup dumpling) are always my pick. I usually get both but this time, I only wanted the latter.

Ugh. Their take on Xiao Long Bao was overwhelmingly soupy. I didn’t like it! It was plain looking at first sight but when I nibbled on it, I was surprised with how much soup gushed out of it. Xiao Long Bao’s should only have that right amount of steaming flavored soup, just like DTF’s or Lugang’s.

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Fried Rice in “Yeung Chow” Style (P360/small). Finally! Fried rice! The only fried rice that was familiar to me on the menu. Haha!

The rice was well cooked. The ingredients were not mushy and there was an ample amount of shrimps and BBQ pork. It was flavorful it could very well be a meal on its own. Yay! Craving satisfied! *happy dance*

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Deep-fried Fish Fillet with Sweet & Sour Sauce (P750/medium)Wait, what?! was my initial reaction when my boyfriend ordered for the medium size plate. And he was like What? Fish lang yan, di tayo mabubusog masyado. Okay, there’s no point in arguing there as long as there’s fried rice!

When it was served together with the rice, I went like SH***T ang damiii! How are we supposed to finish all these? We need backup! At this point my tummy already felt full just by looking at the food in front of me. Haha. Huhu.

But no matter how much I complained, I still tried it. Lol. It was one good traditional sweet & sour fish fillet. I loved how the fish remained fresh and juicy even when fried. The breading was not too starchy with a slight crunch to it. And the sauce… Wow! It was not too thick and too sweet. It was just enough to highlight the fish.

PS: our leftovers can still serve 4 persons so we took them home.

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We ended our food fiesta with their Hot Calamansi Juice (P98) to neutralize our taste buds and to flush all those food down. Yum!

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The thing about Jade Garden is that their serving sizes are really big. Even the small size is big enough for 3-4 persons. So, do not make the same mistake of dining there with only the 2 of you, unless you want to walk out of the restaurant limping with that bulging tummy. It is best to eat there with a group.

But, of course, if you couldn’t finish your food and do not want them to go to waste, you can always have them wrapped. The servers will pack your leftovers at the table-side where you can see them so you can be sure your food is properly handled.

My take on their food? Hmmm. It was good. But. Yeah. It was good. 🙂

LOCATION: L2 Glorietta 2, Palm Drive cor. West Drive, Ayala Center, Makati City.

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